Yearly Archive for 2016

It’s not laziness….I swear ;-)

So…what to say, back from the holiday since October and it’s already November….whoa! (Scratch that, it’s now the end of December…hehehe 🙂 )

It’s been a bit of a snowball though. As soon as we returned home, quite literally less than 2 days later I was back at the airport picking up some awesome friends visiting from Berlin, Germany – Dani and Thommy. Was so cool to see them again. It was so funny too, it had been a bit over a year since we’d last seen each other, but there they were at the airport and it was just like old times. Nothing had changed, no awkwardness, just super cool. That’s how friendship should work, and you know it’s true when it does! So nice.

But I’m getting ahead of myself aren’t I? Samoa. What can I say. Wow. What a beautiful place made only more beautiful by its people. They are so super friendly and relaxed. It’s just so easy to be there and to chill and have a nice time. The weather was amazing, the sights and scenery were wonderful, and travelling around there was a breeze. We chilled big time, I mean, super big time!! I wouldn’t say it’s exactly cheap, nor is it amazingly easy to get to (well, depending on where you’re located), but it’s still so fresh and untouched. No hustling and bustling tourism going on over there yet. Just so natural.

We started in Upolu travelling around a bit there – even staying in a super cool treehouse – did I jump off the To Sua Ocean Trench when I was on Uplolu? You’d better believe it!! (although jumping from that height did kinda hurt my back a bit!!) We then moved on to Savai’i where we travelled around that island. I mean, we were traveling around quite a lot really, which could have potentially been quite stressful, but it was so super chill. So easy. Nothing was any drama for anyone. What an awesome attitude to life these guys have. We could really do with some of that attitude over this way I tell ya! It was so sad to finally have to leave. But it wasn’t the same kind of feeling as I’ve experienced in the past when retuning to Berlin. This time I was retuning to Sydney. I knew it was warm and sunny back home. And we live by the beach. No rain, greyness, cold, ice and snow for the next 6 months. Just awesomeness. Way, way different. And I guess you know you’re living in the right country when you feel like that upon returning 🙂

And that’s it really….since then  I guess life has been getting the better of me. Just not so much time lately for writing more posts, as much as I’d like to. Spent Christmas up in the Hunter with a bunch of family – and have been further up the coast after that spending some time by the beaches up there over my birthday etc. And it’s hot….hot, hot, hot. Gotta love the Sydney heat.

Anyways, check out some of the photos of Samoa I’ve added as an album to the blog. I haven’t got all of the good ones there, but it’s certainly a decent sample!!

And on that note – Happy New Year!!!! It’s the 31st today and I’m about to jump into the shower to get ready and then jump in the car to get over to my sister’s  and her boyfriends place over at Waverton to check out the New Year fireworks on the Harbour Bridge later on. Should be a very chilled and nice relaxing way to see the New Year roll on in. It’s been a great year – not perfect – but so awesome in so many ways. My thanks goes out to everyone who’s made this year so great – family, friends, colleagues – in fact, anyone that I’ve crossed paths with – I am so thankful to have you all in my life. It really has been one of the most memorable years of my life that I will never forget. I am a lucky guy.

Holiday….celebrate!! Woot :-)

It’s been a long time between drinks, those figurative drinks being holidays. And man do I feel like I’ve earned one. So on the 8th September I’m out of here for a little R&R in Samoa!!

So super excited. I’ve never been there before and the place looks truly beautiful. I’ll let you in on a little secret – I’ve been a fan of the American TV show ‘Survivor’ for many years now (I know, I know….lame) but let’s just keep that our little secret…..shhhhh…. Well anyway, back n 2009 Survivor was shot in Samoa and ever since I’ve been extremely keen on checking the place out. I mean, what’s not to like? Friendly locals, beautiful beaches, coral reefs, sun, surf…..it’s the whole package! And that’s where I’m finally going to be….so I guess I’ll have to tell you about it when I’m back….but I mean, look at this and tell me you don’t want to go:

To Sua Ocean Trench

Change management and the fear of all things new

Today is my anniversary. It was on this day exactly 12 months ago that I stepped onto that plane at my then local Tegal airport, Berlin, to make the move back to Sydney, Australia. And it’s so funny thinking back to that time. Since although I consider Sydney my true home, I was nevertheless semi-terrified (although obviously not showing it! :-P) after being 10 years in Berlin. It’s always the way isn’t it? I mean, that certainly wasn’t the first time I’ve moved around the world and it shouldn’t have been a scary thing since I didn’t have much to fear. My family and an awesome friend circle were here waiting for me in Sydney. I was about to meet the best girl ever. I was taking my job with me.

It just goes to show you how resistant to change we are as humans – it’s in our psyche.

And this happens everywhere. Why are we so naturally resistant to change? Whether it be at work trying to encourage colleagues or customers to adopt new technology or processes that will actually improve efficiency, transparency and output, or whether it’s completely personal. Why do we get bogged down with the ‘old stuff’ and fear the new? Although there might be a feeling of safety by staying with what’s tried and trusted instead of actively employing change as a methodology of daily life, it actually increases the danger to you as an individual, and certainly a company. As an individual you might not be exploring your true potential and pushing your boundaries, and as a company you may be left behind in the dust of others who embraced change.

It’s like Wayne Gretzy said “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” So although change can be intimidating, there’s no time like the present to try it out. Yes, it might not work out – but at least then you’ll know……right?

resistance to change

Getting old…

Did the city to surf on Sunday and I must be getting old (no – can’t be!!) but my left knee started to really hurt. Ok, yes, it’s the same knee I had an OP on last year, but still….

I probably just need to run more often since I haven’t been doing very much of that lately at all. Oh well. But what a fantastic day for it. I looked at the weather prediction for the run beforehand and it was meant to be a high of 17 degrees. No way was it only 17 degrees….it was positively summery….a beautiful day. My legs are a bit sore today though 🙂